Re: The Patriot....the final thought! Not hardly!

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Posted by Elaine on July 22, 2000 at 16:45:02:

In Reply to: Re: The Patriot....the final thought! Not hardly! posted by Clabert on July 22, 2000 at 13:54:40:

: : : : Thank you for letting me vent. Now no more about how bad Patriot was. I won't hear of it....

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: : : : Norm

: : : Hi Norm,

: : : Don't ever feel like you cannot post here. As far as I am concerned you are a "veteran" on the board :))) There is nothing wrong with lurking at all.... I do a lot of that too nowadays.

: : : However I have one issue with your post. You have all been discussing this movie because you saw it. Over here, in Holland, it has not even reached the cinemas yet. It seems like you want to call this the final thought. But, if (and that is a huge IF!) I somehow decided to see it after all, does that mean I cannot give an opinion anymore; since the discussion seems to be closed.... ?

: : : Ilse

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: : Guess you and I will have to start a whole new conversation about the movie fairly soon, Ilse - It has only just opened here, and I haven't seen it either. No fair! Stamping foot!

: : Adele
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: Nope, it ain`t over by a long shot. I~ve been silent on this subject and now it`s my turn. First of all, my wife is a big movie critic and she really didn`t want to see another leather clad hero shootin and killin his way thru a boring movie. Well, let me tell ya, she sat there with tears in her eyes and her mouth opened and when it was over, she stood up and yelled "re-wind it and play it again!" And even being the stickler for historical authenticity that I am, I have to agree with her. It is now my favorite movie, next to LOTM. Yes, we all know it was based in part on several REAL people and several REAL events. So was LOTM. And although Patriot wasn`t perfect, it was very darn close. I saw, alot of what I have read, happening on the screen in just the way I would have imagined it to happen. Remember, they did the best that they could, using the "written" imformation that they have. There are no photos or videos. We, amd Hollywood are not perfect. I`ve never gone to a single reenactment, were everything was 100% correct.
: I feel this was just the movie we (reenactors) needed to revive interests in 18th century reenacting. I know several times *I* was ready to grab my musket and join in. So, go see it. Laugh with it. Cry with it. Be moved by it. But most of all, enjoy it.

: Clabert


Ah! Clabert, Ilse, Adele, & Norm -

The fat lady hasn't sung yet ... I've been biting my tongue, trying to remain silent on "The Patriot" issues because I've yet to see it myself. Nonetheless, I have opinions on the issues, criticisms, praises, & feared ramifications that have been brought out as a result of the film. I most likely will take up some of the threads at some point but for now, yes, Clabert ... I think the main point is the one you've made in your last paragraph. It provokes an interest in 18th century America/Rev War. That alone is a positive. Is it accurate historically? Of course not - it's not a documentary but an entertaining film. Drama. Cinema. Art. We need to remember that & not seek to have our history served with popcorn & licorice. There are excellent documents & reference books for that. After all, even Shakespeare's plays - though dealing with history & historical persons - were oftentimes historically inaccurate. I don't think we've been harmed by The Bard at all!

Enjoy it ...

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